MANILA— The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Friday said it has started to investigate the death of a murder suspect in the hands of Quezon City police.
Carl Joseph Bañanola was shot dead by a police officer escorting him, after Bañanola allegedly grabbed another officer's service firearm.
In a statement, the CHR said that "there are questions about the death of Bañanola that also needs to be settled."
"The Commission notes that, while the Philippine National Police (PNP) Manual of Operations allows the use of firearms in the face of imminent danger, the same manual prescribes the use of necessary and reasonable force under specific conditions," it said.
"In practice, cases of self-defense should be brought before our courts towards determining the validity of the circumstances that resulted in a person death. Guilt is not automatically absolved by a 'nanlaban' (fought back) alibi."
The commission, meanwhile, welcomed the possible filing of administrative and criminal cases against the police officers who were escorting Bañanola.
"To this end, the Commission believes that the truth behind what happened inside that police patrol is best determined through an honest and transparent investigation of the case," the CHR said.
The commission added that it will also investigate the death of the elderly couple.
"This incident not only highlights the vulnerability of older persons caused by aging when it comes to health, social protection, and other similar concerns, but also as targets of crime," it said.